(Reuters) – Reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks said on Saturday that they have canceled plans to have a screening party for their crucial game against the Boston Celtics after three separate shootings in the city center resulted in 21 people being injured.
The shootings occurred Friday near an entertainment district in Milwaukee where thousands of fans had watched as the Bucks lost game six of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Bucks said that the decision to cancel the game party for Game Seven, which will be played in Boston on Sunday afternoon, was made so that law enforcement agencies can devote the necessary resources to the investigation of the shooting.
“The riots that took place in downtown Milwaukee last night were terrible and we condemn this devastating violence,” Bucks said in a statement.
“We are grateful to the local law enforcement authorities for their valiant efforts to try to limit what was a dangerous and fluid situation.”
The Bucks said all activities in the so-called Deer District surrounding their home arena will remain open as usual.
(Report by Frank Pingue in Toronto, edited by Ed Osmond)
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